I never heard of Prince before 1982. Apparently he put out three albums before 1999
hit the charts and the man with the royal name became all the rage. To clarify, 1999 came out in 1982.
Prince was obviously a man ahead of his time. He knew all about that Y2K bug before anyone else. He even sang about it:
ícuz they say two thousand zero zero party over,
Oops out of time
So tonight Iím gonna party like itís 1999
Nevermind that the best song on the album was Let's Pretend We're Married
, all you heard on the radio was 1999
and Little Red Corvette
. Over and over and over. And just when you finally got that damn armageddon song out of your mind, it was really
1999 and it was back all over the radio again and everyone was partying like hell would freeze over when the year ended. And then 1999 came and went, and it was evident we were still partying and not out of time at all. Song over. Thank you.
I'm getting ahead of myself here. Let's take a trip back to 1984. Come on, you know you saw it. In the theater. You paid money, yes you did. Maybe you even wore purple and knew all the words and felt Prince's pain when he was left standing in the Purple Rain
. I know I did. I had the purple vinyl picture disc 45 of When Doves Cry
and the purple vinyl version of the soundtrack.
Once again, Prince was ahead of his time. With his shorthand spelling (I Would Die 4 U, I never meant 2 cause u any sorrow), Prince foresaw the introduction of America Online Instant Messaging and a million kids were already well-versed in AIM-speak way before it became the first language for millions of illiterate middle schoolers.
And that was it. Anything and everything that followed Purple Rain can be found in the cut-out bin at a Sam Goody near you. Or you can buy them for 99 cents at your local CD swapping emporium. Did you know that if you rearrange the words The Artist Formerly Known as Prince
you get No first-rate workmanship recently
? Coincidence? I think not.
Ah, but Prince is sort of making the rounds again. The Foo Fighters have covered the glam star/Jehova's Witness's ode to random sex with strangers, Darling Nikki
It's awesome. Go download it.
And the moral of this story is, Dave Grohl rocks my world.